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Get paid for taking care of your family

In every senior’s life there comes a time when the discussion about receiving care comes up.  Especially in a country like the United States, this sort of discussion becomes all the more important as there seems to be a serious growth in adults above the age of 65 and soon expected to double from a population of 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060 due to the baby boom generation. However, what cannot be ignored is the fact that the majority of them live alone. Hence, the demand for care both at home and in facilities is also on the rise.

Caregiving, especially to an elderly member of the family, has its own share of benefits. It can help them with daily non-medical activities for instance bathing, shaving, mobility, keeping track of regular medication, and eating. It can also include housekeeping activities that care for the environment such as doing laundry, preparing meals, cleaning the house or room, and other relevant activities. There’s also the emotional connect that happens during caregiving especially when it is a family member taking on the role of a caregiver.

  • Interaction on a regular basis helps them feel less isolated.
  • Feeling loved, wanted and useful makes them stay mentally healthy.
  • Home care is an affordable option in comparison to a facility care.
  • Familiar surroundings can be very helpful in recovering as well as fighting stress that could arise
    if moved to a new place or facility.

All said and done, while caregiving can be emotionally rewarding, it can be quite stressful if one were to consider the financial aspect. It so often happens that one has to drastically reduce the number of hours spent at work or even completely quit the job just so that undivided attention can be provided to the loved one. There are many studies hinting at the plight of caregivers. While one shows that almost 1/3rd of caregivers who help impaired people face severe financial difficulties and on the other hand another study shows that it can increase the likelihood of women caregivers experiencing poverty or becoming completely dependent on public assistance.

Hence, it is crucial for caregivers to know that they can continue providing care to their loved ones unhindered and still get paid for taking care of family. Here are a few options that you can connect with for financial aid while caring.

  • Find out if you are eligible for Medicaid’s Program namely CDPAP and CDPAS
  • Enquire if your loved one fulfils the eligibility criteria for Veterans Benefit or Cash and Counselling
  • Check out if a home and community-based services program is suitable enough
  • A long term care insurance policy can also have some form of compensation reserved for the
    caregiver
  • Check with any of the family members who would be willing to support you financially for your
    caregiving time and efforts
  • Determine whether you or the care recipient fulfils the IRS eligibility criteria under the IRS’s Credit
    for Caring Act
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How to Make the Most of your Family Weekend Getaway

Trips with your family don’t need to be always a big one. The most important thing is the family is complete and that every member is making the most of every trip. A couple of days can feel like two weeks if you plan your weekend en famille à Bromont right. Here are some tips to help you and your family maximise your travel opportunities:

Reduce your Transportation Time

Being on a plane, bus, or car for a long time can make your family members feel anxious about the trip. If you want to maintain their excitement, ensure to limit the transportation time. This could mean leaving early to avoid traffic or picking a destination close to your home. If you have to travel abroad, make plans for the time your family is in the plane, especially if you are travelling with young kids. And don’t waste more time at the airport than you have to by having security pre-check.

Extend your Stay If Possible

In order to make the most of the family trip, try to squeeze as much extra time out of your getaway as you can. Consider leaving Thursday night or early on Friday. Try to get to your destination before dinner on Friday and get home late on Sunday.

Consider a Staycation

When visiting a new destination with your family, you must book a room at a hotel and get out of your daily routine. To master the art of staycation, play tourist, explore a new neighborhood, and try out a new restaurant or café.

Unplug

While you are away from your home, do not check email unless you need to. Keep in mind that your weekend vacation minutes with your family are precious. Do not waste them on things that can wait until Monday. Find activities you can enjoy with your family members. The most important thing is that you give them your time. Your weekend family getaway is the perfect time to make memories. Treat yourself and your family members with a special dinner, a spa treatment, or a day of kayaking. Discover awe-inspiring experiences together and engage all your senses. A short trip will be worth it if it is filled with memories.

Make the Trip Extra Special for Your Children

If you are travelling with your kids, allow them to also indulge. Pay attention to hotels with kid-friendly amenities that will make them feel like VIPs. Let your children break some family rules during the trip. For instance, if they are not allowed to eat chocolate chip pancakes at home, let them enjoy these treats this weekend.

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